Cop killed leading special team in Pali accidentally shot by colleague’s pistol

By: | Published: December 17, 2017 11:07 AM

Inspector Periyapandi, who was leading a special team formed to track down the alleged mastermind in a Chennai burglary case, was shot by his own colleague's pistol as per a senior police officer.

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Inspector Periyapandi, who was leading a special team formed to track down the alleged mastermind in a Chennai burglary case, was shot by his own colleague’s pistol as per a senior police officer. The cop was on a mission to catch the Nathuram Jat, the mastermind behind a gold heist in Chennai. He was shot in the process. Initially, it was reported that the cop was shot with his own gun but further investigation has revealed that he was shot accidentally by a member of his own team, according to Pali SSuperintendentof Police Deepak Bhargav.

Periyapandi was killed trying to capture Nathuram Jat. As per the latest development, he was shot by Muni Shekhar, the other inspector in the special team, who accidentally pressed the trigger while taking out his pistol from his holster, shooting Inspector Periyapandi by accident, officer Bhargav told news agency IANS. The 48-year-old inspector, who was posted at the Maduravoyal police station, was killed in the Pali district of Rajasthan.

His team was solving the robbery case where the suspects drilled a hole in the ceiling of a jewellery shop and escaped with 3.5 kg gold last month. The police arrested four people but the chief suspect Nathuram Jat had escaped to his home state of Rajasthan, along with a majority of the loot. Having received information that Nathuram was hiding in a deserted brick kiln, Inspector Periyapandi’s team of seven headed for Pali’s Jaitaran, about 238 km from Jaipur.

The team was attacked by Nathu Ram’s family there. Even though most officers made it out, Inspector Periyapandi couldn’t. The injured cop was taken to a nearby hospital where he was declared dead. Nathuram Jat, along with his wife Bindiya and daughter Sugna, have been arrested for making a life-threatening attack on the Chennai based team, officer Bhargav said.

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